Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Scouting Grouse Habitat in Montana

We are surrounded by millions of acres of public lands but not all of them have grouse. It's a good idea to scout out a few areas before opening day. Grouse like woods with berries, such as service berries and thorn apple, that are adjacent to an opening. It is said that grouse get MOST of their water through the berries they eat, which are mostly found in creek bottoms. In the spring, when little ones are hatching, it's important for the grouse to have insects available for the little ones to eat. As winter comes on, they will start eating snow berries and other food sources like rose hips. Scout out those places that look like good grouse habitat and you'll bring home more birds. On opening day, you won't have to "hunt" the birds, you'll already know where they are!

posted by Karen Thomason on Jul 30 3:20 PM

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